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Comcast Awards $188,000 In Scholarships To 179 Pennsylvania High School Seniors

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, is awarding 179 Pennsylvania high school seniors scholarships through its annual Leaders and Achievers ® Scholarship Program.  The program, one of the Comcast Foundation's signature community investment initiatives, recognizes students' leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service.


Comcast, joined by Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Jim Cawley and other government officials, recognized the students at a special event held Tuesday at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. 178 of the 2013 Pennsylvania Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships. Cristal Liriano of I-LEAD Charter School in Reading, Pa., was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation – for a total of $188,000 awarded this year to Pennsylvania high school seniors.  After a prize drawing, 10 students were also given netbooks to use at college.

"Governor Tom Corbett joins me in congratulating these gifted students for their outstanding achievements," said Lt. Governor Jim Cawley. "We also commend the Comcast Foundation for its ongoing charitable support of programs like this scholarship."

"Comcast recognizes the importance of fostering leadership and excellence in the next generation," said Jim Samaha, regional senior vice president for Comcast.  "These students are role models in their communities and at their schools. We commend them for their exceptional achievements, and wish them the very best in their future endeavors."

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program provides one-time $1000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students.  The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to be prepared for the future, to engage youth in their communities, and to demonstrate the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

Since the program's inception, more than $17.7 million in scholarship money has been presented to more than 17,000 scholarship winners nationwide.

2013 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Winners from Pennsylvania: SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS (by County where the high school is located)

Adams Kirsten Ambrose of Littlestown Senior High School Corby Myers of New Oxford Senior High School Matthew Noel of Delone Catholic High School Xenia Yelovich of Fairfield Area High School

Allegheny Ashley Aiello of Seton-Lasalle High School Austin Airhart of Thomas Jefferson High School Joseph Bandi of West Allegheny Senior High School Rachel Betzner of Bishop Canevin Catholic High School Emily Breen of Chartiers Valley High School Brandon Briscoe of Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Susannah Byrd of Northgate High School Jordan Campeau of Plum Senior High School Bridget Coologhan of South Park High School Marina Giannirakis of Montour High School Katherine Girdhar of Oakland Catholic High School Gary Hancock of City Charter High School Keza Harewood of Woodland Hills High School Shannon Holley of South Fayette High School Lindsey Jeffress of Cornell Senior High School Denashia Jones of Westinghouse High School Steven Kohane of Hillel Academy Pittsburgh Andrew Maust of Cheswick Christian Academy Ashley McMillen of Deer Lakes High School Jamie Ranalli of Keystone Oaks High School Gabrielle Smith of Cherrington Home School Jordan Terry of Penn Hills High School Aaron White of Northside Urban Pathways School Jared Wink of North Hills High School

Armstrong Beverley Kozuch of West Shamokin High School

Beaver Jacob DeWeese of Freedom Area High School Brae Geary of Hopewell High School Jacob Pearson of Western Beaver High School Brooke Sabella of New Brighton High School Nicole Stone of Beaver Falls High School

Bedford Chase Webb of Bedford High School

Berks Asia Crawford of Reading High School Morgan George of Hamburg Area High School Jillian Kravatz of Schuylkill Valley High School Cristal Liriano of I-LEAD Charter School Eric Rodrigo of Wilson High School Zachary Vicario of Muhlenberg High School

Blair Keturah Weaver of Tyrone Area High School

Bucks Alisa Behari of Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown Anthony Formicola of Central Bucks High School in Warrington Mackenzie Haines of Plumstead Christian High School in Plumsteadville Sarah Madden of Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland Melanie Matyi of Neshaminy High School in Langhorne Adam Sokol of Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills Collin Takita of Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem

Butler Jennifer Matjasko of Freeport Area High School

Centre Audrey Kreiser of State College Area High School

Chester Henok Abraham of Coatesville Area Senior High in Coatesville Hortencia Correa of Kennett High School in Kennett Square Bridget Cummiskey of Oxford Area High School Brett Lloyd of Octorara High School William Slotznick of West Chester Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester

Clarion Brooke Mann of Redbank High School

Clearfield Jacob Ponist of Moshannon Valley High School

Clinton Daniel Flack of Bucktail High School

Cumberland Emily Allen of Cedar Cliff High School Chase Angle of Shippensburg Senior High School John Keeports of Bible Baptist School Evie Milburn of Cumberland Valley High School Mark Moore of Trinity High School Noel Potter of Harrisburg Academy Joshua Ringquist of Mechanicsburg Area High School Madeleine Silva of Camp Hill High School

Dauphin Amber Coppula of Halifax Area High School Hayley Daub of Millersburg Area High School Nicholas Devine of Bishop McDevitt High School Benton Felty of Central Dauphin High School Linda Guo of Upper Dauphin High School Heather Lorenz of Central Dauphin High School Janae Yellock of Steelton-Highspire High School

Delaware Rachel Adams of Chichester High School in Boothwyn Sneha Jose of Springfield High School in Springfield Ziyu Xian of Academy Park High School in Sharon Hill

Franklin Megan Dougherty of Fannett-Metal Senior High School Brittany Hoffman of Waynesboro Senior High School Benjamin Reinert of Shalom Christian Academy

Fulton David Welsh of McConnellsburg High School

Greene Jessica Black of West Greene High School

Huntingdon Tiffany Baker of Huntingdon Area High School Makayla Hawbaker of South Huntingdon High School

Indiana Nichole Johnson of Saltsburg High School Jennifer Knezovich of Penns-Manor Area High School Sarah Peles of Purchase Line High School Emily Stiles of Blairsville High School

Jefferson Austin Sabatucci of Punxsutawney High School

Lackawanna Kendra Croker of Scranton Preparatory High School Abigail Mancus of West Scranton High School

Lancaster Lucas Carney of Pequea High School Mairym Cruz-Bernard of Columbia High School Nga Do of Garden Spot High School Tyler McCardell of Solanco High School Abigail Weaver of Manheim Central High School

Lawrence Sara Bracken of New Castle High School Katelyn Burrelli of Neshannock High School

Lebanon Justin Allison of Northern Lebanon High School

Luzerne Deanna Dinelli of Greater Nanicoke Area High School Tiffany Smith of Pittston Area High School Marcus Wagner of Dallas High School

Lycoming Morgan Chambers of Loyalsock High School Dominic Galanti of Montgomery High School Rose Morris of Montoursville High School Joseph Pierce of St. John Neumann Regional Academy Aleesha Smith of Williamsport Area High School

Montgomery Zacorra Atkins of Owen J. Roberts High School in Pottstown Iris Chan of Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington Danielle Finley of Philadelphia-Montgomery Christian Academy in Erdenheim Rachel Heller of Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown David Lakata of Lower Moreland Twp. High School in Huntingdon Valley Kayla Lane of Merion Mercy Academy in Merion Station Claire Lippay of Jenkintown High School in Jenkintown Daniel Maloney of Lansdale Catholic High School Phoebe Mikalonis of Spring Ford High School in Royersford Madison Monaco of Notre Dame Academy in Villanova Samantha Stalford of Upper Perkiomen High School in Pennsburg Ian Yanusko of Pottsgrove Senior High School in Pottstown

Perry Farren Dell of West Perry High School Tyler Legge of Newport High School

Philadelphia Oyinkansola Adekitan of Germantown High School Heather Amos of Parkway Center High School Imani Briscoe of West Philadelphia Catholic School Ian Caplan of Chestnut Hill Academy Miah Collins of Simon Gratz High School Unique Cooper of Motivation High School Linda Croskey of Carver High School of Engineering & Science Dharielle Dorsett of Delaware Valley Charter High School Selena Duvivier of Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School Brittany Hodges of Masterman High School Kristina Hunter of Hallahan High School Kyshon Johnson of Parkway Northwest High School Natalie Jusino of Nueva Esperenza Academy Charter School Charisse Laws of Philadelphia Military Academy at Leeds Taisha Martinez of Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School Resheen McCloud of Roberts Vaux High School Anton McFadden of Kensington Business and Finance High School Ryan McKinney of Imhotep Institute Charter High Simone Mokum of Freire Charter High School Kayode Oduwiaye of High School for the Future LizMarie Perez of Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School James Phillips of Bok Technical High School Yalisa Rodriguez of Kensington Culinary Arts High School Sarahn Sankofa of Central High Schoool Yanique Seac of Parkway-West High School Jelisa Smith of Franklin High School Ayana Swanson of Bodine International Affairs High School Marquell Tate of Murrell Dobbins CTE High School Khalil Thompson of Mastery Charter School Jamie Tomkowicz of Franklin Towne Charter High School Brian Vazquez of International Christian High School Christian Warrick of University City High School Shawn Webster of Lankenau High School Asha Wescott of Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts Rosalind Williams of Mastbaum Technical High School Kayleah Woods of City Center Academy Michaiah Young of Mercy Vocational High School Yingzhu Zhang of St. Hubert High School

Schuylkill Brianna Amos of Pottsville High School Jacqueline Boran of Blue Mountain High School Rachel Eckert of Nativity B.V.M. High School KateLynn LaScala of Schuylkill Haven Area High School Brett Polinsky of Minersville Area High School

Somerset Morgan Lyons of North Star High School Ashley May of Somerset High School Keith Russel of Turkeyfoot High School

Washington Jacob Brown of Canon-McMillan High School Shane Coffield of Trinity High School Nathaniel Heim of Washington High School Robert Higgins of Ringgold High School Mikayla Lunardini of McGuffey High School

Westmoreland Corinne Dally of Norwin High School Sara Layne of Monessen High School Jaydyn Morrison of Greensburg-Salem High School

York Scott Hess of Susquehannock High School Marisa Hudson of William Penn High School Alexander Iula of Dallastown Area High School Sarah Williamson of Northeastern High School

About the Comcast Foundation The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities.  The Foundation has three community investment priorities — promoting community service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated over $116 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal.  Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses.  NBCUniversal operates 30 news and entertainment cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.  Visit for more information.

SOURCE Comcast Corporation

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